I read a few articles in theglobeandmail.com site about sugar, maple syrup, corn syrup and fructose. Are you confused what is good for you and what isn’t? Your not alone, especially when we are mislead by the media in so many ways. Depending on who does the study varies what kind of results we hear. The best thing to do is get the facts from people who are genuinely concerned about your health, not their pocket book and work on making changes to eliminate as much sugar you can out of your diet. Here is what we do know.

Sugar is:


fructose (fruit sugar)

lactose (milk)

sucrose (table sugar)

maltose or malts (rice malt and honey)

jam (contains concentrated juice, which is high in fruit sugar)

maple syrup

corn syrup

palm sugar (used in macrobiotic cooking)

the very deceiving organic brown sugar (not all that different from white sugar)

alchohol (even a sugar)

No wonder we get so much of it, it is in everything!

Nancy Appleton, PhD, clinical nutritionist, has compiled a list of 146 reasons on ‘how sugar is ruining your health’ in her book Lick the Sugar Habit. Here are some of the problems that sugar can cause or can contribute to:

* decrease growth hormone (the key to staying youthful and lean)
* feeds cancer
* increases cholesterol
* weaken eyesight
* drowsiness and decreased activity in children
* interfere with the absorption of protein
* food allergies
* diabetes
* eczema in children
* cardiovascular disease
* impair the structure of DNA
* hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children
* reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases)
* greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)
* osteoporosis

Isn’t that enough to make you think twice about that double, double from Tim Horton’s or Dunkin’s? Mix that coffee with your burger and fries and you get a double whollop of

“Ultimately we have found that fat and caffeinated coffee are impairing the communication between the gut and the pancreas, which could be playing a role in why participants couldn’t clear the sugar from their blood as easily,” said Beaudoin.

Referring to the impact coffee had five hours after consuming the fat drink, Beaudoin added, “This shows that the effects of a high-fat meal can last for hours. What you eat for lunch can impact how your body responds to food later in the day”.

So they have found maple syrup to have similar benefits of superfoods like berries and flax seeds. I personally wouldn’t be drowning your pancakes in it because they say it is healthy for you. Too much of anything isn’t good for you and because it is still a sugar, it can cause all kinds of problems such as diabetes, candida (yeast) overgrowth, heart disease, obesity and on and on. It isn’t the harmless sugar we once thought it to be.

The next study showed that it helped cancer grow. I believe it, through experience, I watched my Mother die of breast cancer. In her last year as the cancer advanced into stage 4, her appetite for sugar continually increased. She used more and more syrup on her pancakes, more brown sugar in her oatmeal and more and more chocolate. The more she ate, the more frail she got. She became a mere shadow of the woman she was. It seemed the more sugar she fed her body, the more it fueled the cancer. It was hard to watch her die, she was a trouper though, she fought for 5 long, hard years. Her father died of lung cancer and neither one like to eat vegetables, ate lots of fish, white flour and dairy products.

Scientists from the University of Rhode Island have discovered Canadian maple syrup may have similar health benefits of superfoods, like berries, tea, red wine and flax seeds. Read the story here:


Fructose can trigger cancer cells to grow faster, study finds

Leslie Beck

Now, a study published last week in the journal Cancer Research adds to the growing controversy over the potential health risks of fructose, a form of sugar added to thousands of foods and soft drinks.

According to researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, the sweetener triggers pancreatic cancer cells to grow more quickly.

The major sources of fructose in our diet are sucrose (table sugar) and high fructose corn syrup, a sweetener found in soft drinks, fruit drinks, candy, cookies, ketchup, salad dressings, cereal bars, frozen dinners and countless other processed foods.

While it’s widely known that cancer cells use glucose to fuel their growth, last week’s findings were the first to link fructose to cancer growth. The cancer cells grew at fructose concentrations easily attainable in our North American diet and they did so at a similar rate to glucose.


The trouble with fructose is that the body delivers it to the liver, where it can lead to a buildup of fats and contribute to diabetes, heart disease and other health issues. But as Ms. Butler writes, the problem isn’t whether we’re getting our fructose from sugar or corn syrup; it’s that we’re simply consuming too much of it.

The final word? “In high-enough quantities, they’re both poison,” pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig of the University of California San Francisco tells Ms. Butler.


***What isn’t in this study is that most corn syrup is that it is made from genetically modified organisms which can cause a host of problems.

It did, however, reveal higher blood triglyceride levels among those who consumed the most sugar. Triglycerides are made in the liver from the foods you eat. A blood triglyceride level higher than 1.7 mmol/L is considered elevated and usually means you eat more calories than you burn or you drink too much alcohol.


So there you pretty much have it. So all the above sugar all contributes to ill health. Where do we go from here? Two sugars that you can use without risking diabetes, heart disease, yeast infection and all the above. The herb Stevia and Xylitol have been proven to be safe and work great together. Find them both in the Natural News Store:

Read more on Stevia and Xylitol here and the ill effects of sugar:


Latest is coconut sugar also found in the link above.